SAN DIEGO -- Higher-than-average tides and elevated surf will create a potential for minor coastal flooding in the San Diego area this week, the National Weather Service advised Monday.
From early Tuesday through Thursday evening, the ocean conditions could generate flooding of such low-lying areas as beach parking lots, adjacent streets and, possibly, structures, according to the federal agency.
“Crazy, I haven’t seen it this high in a long time," said Austin Enochs.
Enoch lives on the Strand.
"it’s spilling over on the streets and stuff."
Down the street at a construction site for a future apartment complex, workers kept a close eye on conditions.
"This high tide that’s coming in every morning, just like they splash over this end and you know sometimes it’s pretty bad because the cars drive by water hits them," said Duke Boyett, Plumber.
Over the period, mid-morning high tides are expected to reach about 7 feet, and wave sets up to 6 feet will be likely, forecasters reported.
An NWS coastal-flood advisory will be in effect from 5 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Enochs said it's a taste of what's to come.
"The weather has been getting a little bit weird and El Nino is right around the corner," said Enochs.
"Clearly the ocean’s are rising," said Bobby Kingins, North County Climate Change Alliance.
Kingins said the high tide is a clear sign of global warming.
"As the arctic ice sheets and ice caps melt, that means we’re going to get a higher and higher ocean," said Kingins.
He said that puts coastal communities in danger.
"It's going to be catastrophic for the entire coast, it’s going to cost a lot of money for everyone here," said Kingins.
Enochs said perhaps for the future, but not now.
"I don’t think it’s going to be enough to cause any permanent damage at least this year, maybe in the future."